Political Liberalism and Justificatory Secularism

Authors

  • Ivan Mladenović Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2298/FID2101079M

Keywords:

political liberalism, justificatory secularism, religion, legitimacy, public reason

Abstract

In this paper I analyze Cécile Laborde’s conception of justificatory secularism. Laborde points out that in her formulation and defense of the conception of justificatory secularism, she follows Rawls’ conception of political liberalism to a certain extent. For that reason, I first provide a sketch of Rawls’ conception of political liberalism. Then I focus on justificatory secularism, trying to show to what extent it displays similarities with the conception of political liberalism, but also how it differs. I am interested in whether justificatory secularism represents a better alternative to the conception of political liberalism or whether these two conceptions should be considered complementary.

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Published

2021-03-30

How to Cite

Mladenović, I. (2021) “Political Liberalism and Justificatory Secularism”, Filozofija i društvo / Philosophy and Society. Belgrade, Serbia, 32(1), pp. 79–88. doi: 10.2298/FID2101079M.